For this week’s prompt, use a new(er) word in a poem. Merriam-Webster recently added 150 new terms to its collegiate dictionary, including tweep, hashtag, selfie, unfriend, paywall, big data, social networking, and more. Click here to check out some of the definitions. Of course, you don’t have to restrict yourself to this list. If you are hip with the lingo, get all jive with your bad self (or selfie–or whatever).
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Here’s my attempt at a New Word Poem:
you don’t need a paywall
to experience big data
so many selfies
from five years before
the internet caught fire
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems. He loves new stuff, especially language. That said, he’s usually behind the curve when it comes to slang, and he usually gets it wrong once he’s savvy.
By the way, he apologizes for the silence surrounding the blog the past month. He’s been busy cutting through more than 21,500 comments to offer up 300 finalist poems to the guest judges for the April PAD Challenge. With great poetry comes great responsibility.
Learn more at www.robertleebrewer.com.
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